In shipbuilding, most research is currently focused on alternative propulsion systems for larger ship types with a power of 4,000 kW or more. For smaller ship types with significantly lower power and a length of up to max. 60 metres, there are no systematic, holistic as well as sustainable approaches to the development of alternative propulsion systems. This is precisely the gap that the EcoShip60 network aims to fill.
The aim of the EcoShip60 network is to develop more environmentally friendly alternative propulsion systems for small to medium-sized working and patrol boats that allow users to sail at low cost with high performance and long range. Small and medium-sized enterprises as well as research institutions from all over northern Germany have joined forces for this purpose.
The partners are jointly developing applications for innovative R&D projects in order to receive funding for them from ZIM and other programmes. A number of applications have already been approved, and others are being evaluated and planned.
DSN has been in charge of the network management since the beginning of the project and develops the R&D project applications together with the EcoShip60 partners.
EcoShip60 was funded from 2017 to 2021 in the ZIM programme ("Central Innovation Programme for SMEs") of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Since January 2022, the activities have been financed exclusively by the partners' own funds.
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